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If you missed the Cuban Fiesta at Dancing in the Desert on June 27, 2015, you missed a blast. Ballroom dancing, belly dancing, dirty dancing (yes, unscheduled, no pictures!), Cuban food, open dancing and all this with a fabulous beach installation set up by our own J Suris, with a 6-ft. boat, a 9-ft swordfish, crabs, palm trees and more! Here are a few pictures to give you an idea; sorry, the pictures are not the best; it seems we had too much fun and hands were somewhat unsteady.

Installation by J Suris.

Installation by J Suris.


J and Sheila have not mastered to climb into a boat. How will they ever get to Cuba?

J and Sheila have not mastered to climb into a boat. How will they ever get to Cuba?


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Vassily and Ici on the way to Cuba

Abiquiu's own belly-dancer Sally!

Abiquiu’s own belly-dancer Sally!

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Sally and Susan on their way to Cuba!



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Abiquiu Dances!

Country Western Two-Step Workshop

with Gary and Susan Kellogg, followed by open dancing

Saturday, July 19, 2014; 6:30 – 9 pm
The one hour class starts at 6:45 pm

The “Studio with a View in Abiquiu” (20 La Luz Trail, off SR 554) presents the Kelloggs, from Albuquerque. They have been teaching Country Western Dance for over 20 years, and have received numerous awards and accolades.

For more information visit:, call 505.685.0035, or email The fee for the class and dancing afterwards, if received by July 14: $9/person or $15/couple. Drop in: $10/person or $17/couple. Mail payment to Dancing in the Desert LLC, PO Box 613, Abiquiu, NM 87510.


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At the Dancing in the Desert Studio in Abiquiu

The ‘Studio with a View in Abiquiu’ is sponsoring a free 1 hour Latin dance lesson for children on Saturday, June 21 at 11 am, taught by Vassily Lyashenko. The dance most likely will be Salsa and/or Cha Cha.

Vassily is a renowned Belarus Ballroom/Latin Dance Champion, International Adjudicator, and Teacher. He is an exceptionally successful teacher with children. Several have become world-class dancers. Two of his young students are National Pro/Am champions.


Do you have dance fever? Abiquiu has the place for you!

“Dance Studio with a View in Abiquiu”

We are offering one hour dance classes once a week in four week sessions taught by Ici

Great for beginners, as well as for those who want to update their dance skills. Class starts with basics and builds up each week. No experience or partner necessary.

 Going down memory lane we start with Foxtrot

First lesson on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm at 20 La Luz Trail, off NM State Rd. 554

Hang out after class if you like to practice and/or dance socially with friends

  • Classes are $40.00/person/4 week session

  • Couples are $35/person/4 week session

  • Deadline for paid registration is April 28

  • No drop-ins

  • Mail payment to: Dancing in the Desert  LLC, PO Box 613, Abiquiu, NM 87510


Debra Fritts, Frank Shelton and Suzanne Snow Present:

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Based on Gabrielle Roth’s Five Rhythms and
Global Dance/Where Yoga Meets Dance
developed by Beth Rigby

Come experience movement, laughter, sweat and stillness where your age, shape, size or fitness level doesn’t matter. Be wildly free and explore the natural rhythms in your body.
No steps, no combos everyone can do it.

Wear comfortable clothes and leave your shoes at the door.

$30.00 for the 4 week series or $8.00 a session
May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Move on the most beautiful dance floor in the area.

“Dancing in the Desert”

Debra Fritts and Frank Shelton connected to the 5 Rhythms style of Gabrielle Roth while living in Atlanta, Georgia. They studied with Smith Hanes. This movement has opened a creative new awareness of themselves and enabled them to move beyond self-imposed limitations.

Debra and Frank can be reached at

Suzanne Snow is certified in Beth Rigby’s Global Dance/Where Yoga Meets Dance. She is also a certified yoga instructor. She can be reached at 505 685 0705 or at

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Awareness Through Movement Classes®

Taught by Rúbia Santos

Dates: Saturday, April 5 and 12, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:45 am

By popular demand Rubia will return in the summer to teach another Workshop.Dates to be announced.

Where: Dancing in the Desert Studio

LESSON 1 – From top to bottom: Lengthening for flexibility, and expansion of movement. The lesson is done by lying on a mat and incorporates gentle rolling and twisting.

LESSON 2 – The movement of the eyes organizes the movement of the body.This lesson follows the original teaching by the creator of the Method Feldenkrais®. It is done by sitting on a mat, and involves the practice of effortlessly, light, and organized use of the head and eyes , combined with the upper body in movement. When coordinated gently and with awareness, the movements tend to ease all neck and back pains.

Attire and materials: If you own a yoga mat, please bring it; also a pillow for head support.

Fee: $9 for one class or $15 for two classes, paid in advance; drop-ins $10/class

For more information see under “Instructors”

To make reservation: Call 505.685.0035 or email us at

Directions to the Studio: Take 84 to NM State Road 554 (towards El Rito). Immediately before the 3 mile marker turn right onto La Luz Trail and proceed for approximately 1/4 mile keeping left. Follow the Studio sign.

A NOTE FROM THE TEACHER:  My first encounter with the Feldenkrais Method® was through my enduring and intimate relationship with music, participating at the Feldenkrais for Musicians Workshop in 2010. The practice of the method has ignited in me a search for how to approach music, my passion in life, and the study of the method has deepened my curiosity about whatever I do in life, how I deal with movement, and most importantly, how I sustain my quality of life, both physical and mental. My brain continues to be deeply affected by new perceptions acquired through the practice. I hope you will enjoy this same path of self-discovery of how you move, and your true relationship with your environment.